Automakers Focus on Small, Greener and Electric during Detroit Previews

David Sargent

Think small, electric and more fuel-efficient. This could be a theme for more than 50 new products and concepts touted and displayed during this week’s press preview at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. The first auto show of the year, which was first held in 1907 at a local beer garden, is housed in Cobo Hall, where more than 1 million sq. ft. of space is devoted to exhibit stands that show off models for automakers around the world. David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power, attended the preview and offers his thoughts:

“The Detroit Auto Show was an upbeat affair this year, reflecting the turnaround that the industry has achieved since the dark days of 2008-2009. All three Detroit automakers are investing heavily in new products, and each had something new and exciting to show. Continue reading ›

Frankfurt Auto Show to Feature Green Innovation and Technology

Mike Omotoso

One of the more influential and oldest auto shows in the world is Germany’s Frankfurt International Motor Show, which started in 1897 with just 10 models on display in a Berlin hotel, and now showcases hundreds of automaker production and concept models in an Exhibition Center in Frankfurt am Main and is held every other year. This year’s show, which is the 64th event, features the theme, “Future Comes as Standard.” According to a number of media reports, automakers and exhibitors will be focusing on the elements of consumer technology and green innovation in their introductions and in their concepts.

Press days for the September 15-25 event in Europe begin tomorrow. Some highlights of several significant models and automakers to appear at the show include:

Toyota Extends its Prius Family in Europe and for the US Market

Toyota plans to sell the plug-in version of the Prius hybrid to retail customers in the US starting in early 2012. The Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) will use a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery and will have an all-electric range of 10 to 13 miles. The Prius PHEV can reach 60 mph on electric power only, Toyota claims. The hybrid battery for the Prius PHEV is supplied by Panasonic Electric Vehicle Energy, which is a joint venture company owned by Panasonic and Toyota. In the United States, the Prius PHEV is expected to be priced at about $4,000 more than the conventional Prius gasoline-electric hybrid. The version shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2011 had a 1.8-liter gasoline engine mated to a fuel-efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT). The hybrid battery in the Prius PHEV powers a 50-kW electric motor. Continue reading ›

Powertrain Choices are Touted at Detroit Auto Show

Mike Omotoso, senior manager, global powertrain, Automotive Forecasting at J.D. Power and Associates, attended OEM press briefings and reviewed some of the products and concepts that are on display at this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI (the show is open to the public Saturday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Jan. . . . Continue Reading Powertrain Choices are Touted at Detroit Auto Show

Detroit Auto Show Previews Put Positive Spin on 2011 US Market

 A brighter outlook for the automotive industry in the US market, in addition to buzz about fuel efficiency and headlines about the introduction of a number of new production-ready entries, especially in the midsize category, were early trends noted by a J.D. Power expert during this week’s press previews for the North American International . . . Continue Reading Detroit Auto Show Previews Put Positive Spin on 2011 US Market